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post #1 of 9 Old 09-15-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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How do I "tame" his mane by braiding?

A friend told me I could tame my Morgan's mane (random chunks decide to split down the middle and fall on BOTH sides of his neck) by braiding it. How exactly would I go about doing this? I plan to start showing him next season and I'd like to get it covered sooner than later.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-15-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-16-2009, 03:54 PM
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well what i do is i brush all the mane to the side you want it usually the right side, opposite side you mount on. then i put on some mane conditioner and braid them, making sure your braiding them down, not out to the side, and make them tight, but not uncomfortable. then spray a little conditioner on top and wait for a week then take them out, and repeat if necassary =]

maybe thinning the mane a little would help if there is alot of it

but thats just me :)
if you leave them in for a while, just keep an eye on them incase he rubs them, i usually think having a rug with a neck is a good idea :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-16-2009, 04:43 PM
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Hmm, I make light, loose, large braids and extra hold hair gel, and leave in for about a week, and redo for another week or so, depending on the severity(If all morgan manes are like my one little love, then goodness I know how thick). This has worked for me every time, and I have had to deal with many many baby manes that just don't want to stay on the right side, or want to part like your horse. It has to have time to grow a bit, so it might take a few weeks.
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post #5 of 9 Old 09-16-2009, 04:56 PM
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I have been training my gelding's mane to go to the right when it was trained to the left. I band his though and leave in for a week. If you have no idea how to band, just take about 1" sections, start putting a rubberband in the section about 1/2" from the very top and then tighten from the bottom hair, that will get it to lay down against his neck. It doesn't have to look perfect, just make sure you tighten the bottom hair then it will for sure stay to one side. :) Sorry if I suck at explaining but hey, it works. Haha. Good luck.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-17-2009, 03:05 PM
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Do this:

It works! Keep his mane braided for a month or two, and that should train the hairs to stay to one side.


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post #7 of 9 Old 09-22-2009, 07:27 PM
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I used to ride a morgan that had the same problem, I put lots of conditioner in it about once a week, but would rebraid it every couple of days (no brushing, just redoing). After a couple months it started to stay on one side of his neck.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-22-2009, 08:15 PM
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I use a Wash out shampoo to clean the hair, Wash out conditioner, Brush and braid it while wet, then repeat it again later in the week so you do it twice a week. I use to do it every monday and thursday.

This will also make the mane healthier and easier to manage as a whole. Hope you find something that works for you!

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post #9 of 9 Old 09-23-2009, 04:22 PM
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I braid loosely to one side, leave it in for a week or 2. it lasts a month or 2.
Good luck. BTW cute pony!!!


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